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Apr 21, 2014 12:54 PM by PRESS RELEASE

BBB alerts consumers to Grants Now USA

Better Business Bureau of Acadiana is alerting consumers and businesses to Grants Now USA, which claims to offer free grants, but actually just provides a disc of grant resources for hundreds of dollars.

According to BBB files, Grants Now USA and its parent company, CFC, Inc are not affiliated with any government agency. They are actually for-profit organizations that sell a computer CD-ROM and manual for a fee of $349.00 that contains an index of grant and loan programs that the consumer must contact in order to apply for a grant.

The business currently has an F rating with BBB, the lowest rating possible. The entire BBB Business review can be found at: http://www.bbb.org/nashville/business-reviews/grant-information-sellers/grants-now-usa-in-clarksville-tn-37031404#sthash.8IjZZSSy.dpuf .

Factors that lowered Grants Now USA's rating include 24 complaints filed against business, failure to respond to 15 complaints filed against business and two complaints filed against business were not resolved.

The company also has failed to resolve underlying cause(s) of a pattern of complaints.

Consumers allege when they attempted to reach the company for assistance in completing a business plan, they had difficulty obtaining the guaranteed help due to poor customer service. Other complaints allege the company fails to complete the promised business plan or the business plan was incomplete or poorly written. Still other complaints allege failure by the company to deliver grant packages or issue refunds.

BBB sent certified correspondence to Grants Now USA requesting their immediate cooperation in responding to the unanswered complaints and in eliminating the pattern of complaint; however, BBB's mail was returned "Refused."

It is important to remember that most sources of grant money don't give grants to individuals to meet personal need. Grants usually are given to serve a social good, such as bringing jobs to an area, training under-employed youth, preserving history, funding soup kitchens or art museums or researching medical issues.

BBB offers the following tips to avoid these and similar scams:

· Start with Trust®. Check with bbb.org before doing business or sending money.
· While it's true that the Federal government does give out billions of dollars in grant money every year, most grants are given to help students pay for college or for specifically defined reasons, such as research or to help fund businesses in particular industries.
· There are no government grants to pay consumers' personal bills, and there are NO government grants for which individuals were entitled simply by being taxpayers and citizens.
· There's no reason to pay for software or guides when applying for government grants. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources manages a website (www.grants.gov) which provides comprehensive information regarding grants offered through the U.S. government.

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